Time and Dates
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The Calendar of Harptos
- There are 365 days in the year, split up into twelve months of thirty days each with five holidays that fall between some months.
- Each week consists of ten days, called a tenday. A tenday is also, though less commonly, called a ride. The days do not have names, but are instead referred to by number: first-day, second-day, and so on. Most people count using their thumbs as first-day; halflings, however, are famous for using their pinkies to count first-day, and thus the phrase “counting like a halfling” has come to mean someone is being different just to be difficult.
|GREGORIAN MONTH||TRADITIONAL NAME||COMMON NAME||DETAILS||SEASON|
|(Holiday)||Midwinter||Deadwinter Day||A feast where local lords plan for the year ahead, make and renew alliances, and send gifts of goodwill.||Winter|
|February||Alturiak||The Claw of Winter or The Claws of the Cold||—||Winter|
|March||Ches||The Claw of the Sunset||Ches 19th – Spring Equinox||Win/Spr|
|April||Tarsakh||The Claw of the Storms||—||Spring|
|(Holiday)||Greengrass||—||Traditional first day of Spring. A time of relaxation.||Spring|
|June||Kythorn||The Time of Flowers||Kythorn 20th – Summer Solstice||Spr/Sum|
|(Holiday)||Midsummer||The Long Night||A time of feasting, music, and love. Bad weather is very rare and considered a bad omen||Summer|
|(Leap Year)||Shieldmeet||—||Day of open council between nobles and people. Making and renewing of pacts, oaths, and agreements.||Summer|
|September||Eleint||The Fading||Eleint 21st – Autumn Equinox||Sum/Aut|
|(Holiday)||Higharvestide||—||Heralds the coming of fall and the harvest. Feast that lasts the entire day.||Autumn|
|(Holiday)||The Feast of the Moon||Moonfest||Day when the dead are honored. Graves blessed, Ritual of Remembrance performed, and tales told far into the night.||Autumn|
|December||Nightal||The Drawing Down||Nightal 20th – Winter Solstice||Aut/Win|
Dwarven Religious Holidays
- Ranking cleric of a community may declare any day a holy day to celebrate a local event.
- 1st of Hammer – Thunder Blessing
- Annual sacrifice of enemy of dwarvenkind (from elves to umber hulks). Ribcage is opened, coins and gems cast in, and body burned. Other days involve standard celebration.
- Solar eclipses
- Volcanic eruptions
- Any natural phenomenon that blocks sunlight during the day
- Annual offering of silver with a small white flower. Other celebrations are grand affairs planned perfectly, and often include many travelers and members of neighboring communities.
- Midwinter Day (below ground)
- Midsummer Night(above ground)
- Break old weapons anointed with their own blood, and recount tales of fallen heroes.
- Anniversaries of past battles
- Begin holiday with several hours in private meditation staring at a candle flame. Afterward, gatherings to discuss discoveries and creations since last congregation.
- Deepstone Triad – Sacrifice of gems and jewelry upon large stone blocks.
- New moons
- Tedious procedures of formal salutes, rhythmic grounding of weapons, and chanted prayers.
- Each festival day
- Greengrass – The Time of Spawning – Chants and shattering of captured enemy weapons.
- Summer Solstice – Axe Held High – Gather under light of day and claim to see Haela’s greatsword outlined at the center of the sun.
- Feast of the Moon – Commemoration of the Fallen – Remembrance of those who fell in defense of dwarves.
- No religious ceremonies as it offers a dangerous break to toil and production.
- Many holidays throughout the year. Nondwarves welcome. Ritualized burning of used ironwork and footwear. Loud singing, and imbibing of strong spirits.
- Each festival day and the nine days afterward.
- Commonly involve secret congregations in hidden caverns. Dancing around a pool while casting items of gold into a sanctified cauldron.
- Full or waxing moons
- Midsummer Night
- Coin Festivals – Trademeets of which during the closing hours the clergy lower prices on goods greatly.
- Before and after a full moon